Ben Roethlisberger insists he cares very much, thank you very much

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Ben Roethlisberger has a problem with people who extrapolated his own offseason musings about retirement into the idea he doesn’t care as much about the game.

And even though the topic began with his own words, and then a dash of “maybe I don’t have it anymore,” after a five-pick game in a loss to the Jaguars, he disputes that now.

Speaking from the platform of his weekly paid radio appearance on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger took issue with his critics mostly, saying they “don’t know what they are talking about.”

“In a way it’s like, ‘Wait a second, you’re going to take a shot at me and you don’t know me?'” Roethlisberger said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “I’m going to go out here and bust my butt every day and be limping with bruises and put my body and my family through this and not care? You’re absolutely nuts.”

It’s easier to love football now, since the Steelers are winning (five straight) and he’s playing well (four touchdowns to beat the Titans last week). The fact he’s had the extra weekend off after that one probably helps his mood. But still he bristled at the idea his heart wasn’t in the game anymore.

“I laughed about it,” Roethlisberger said. “[It’s] why is Ben still playing if he doesn’t care? If he’s not playing well, he must not care about it. It couldn’t be further from the truth. You don’t know what you’re talking about. . . .

“I’ve done this long enough, too, that I can let [criticism] roll off my back.”

Clearly. Regardless his inner motivation (or whether he’s just ginning up some external), the current situation is clear. He’s liking football very much now, because things are going well. Tune in when the offseason begins for the next installment in “As The Ben Turns.”

16 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger insists he cares very much, thank you very much

  1. Gosh, Ben, maybe you should refrain from making melodramatic comments that would imply you’re at least contemplating retirement going forward. Then no one will jump to conclusions that you are (close to) done with football.

  2. Ben this coming offseason: “Maybe it’s time” , “I’m not what I once was” etc. The comments about him caring/not caring are allowed, He brings it on himself with his Diva-ish attitude at times. I can’t recall the last time a QB said they didn’t have it anymore in the middle of a season, so pipe down Ben, People are gonna talk cause you give them good reason.

  3. I’m a Pats fan, so the Steelers are never at the top of my Christmas card list. But if you think Big Ben isn’t as tough as a two-dollar steak, you haven’t been paying attention the last 13 years. Not a lot of “lunch pail” QBs, but he’s at the top of that list.

  4. hitwjk says:

    November 22, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Ben this coming offseason: “Maybe it’s time” , “I’m not what I once was” etc. The comments about him caring/not caring are allowed, He brings it on himself with his Diva-ish attitude at times. I can’t recall the last time a QB said they didn’t have it anymore in the middle of a season, so pipe down Ben, People are gonna talk cause you give them good reason.
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    haha this is so true. Don’t say stupid things to the media and they won’t talk about you.

  5. It never helps players to let the public and media in on their retirement decision.

    Just say you are going to play forever and then retire whenever you feel like it.

  6. It’s kind of ironic that when he does interviews and answer’s the questions honestly, he’s a diva, but if he doesn’t do them he’s in trouble with the league because they’re part of the collective bargaining agreement and mandatory. This came from a local interview, and if he doesn’t do enough of those, the local media beats on him for being a stuck up jerk.

    Sometimes there is just no appeasing the trolls and tools of the world, much less public perception under the media microscope. I think becoming a father has chilled Ben out a lot and he’s matured quite a bit over the years. Then again I don’t care what trolls and tools think either.

    Go Steelers!

  7. Who cares what the trolls and haters say about the Steelers or any of their players, its meaningless opinions. The Steelers have a great shot at winning the Super Bowl this year and the trolls and haters know that!

  8. Big Ben Peterman – bruised and limping and busting his butt for his family.

    But wait a minute – isn’t that what he gets paid millions (and millions) of dollars to do for the Penguins, er Pirates, er – oops – Stillers?

  9. The 2X SB winning, HOF lock, greatest QB to play on the NFL’s greatest franchise can say or talk about whatever he wants.

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